Colour Vision Clinic

Colour vision assessments are conducted in the colour vision clinic for both congenital and acquired colour vision deficiencies.

Congenital colour vision deficiencies affect approximately 8% of males and 0.5% of females.

Congenital colour vision deficiencies are genetic (the colour vision gene is carried on the X-chromosome) and are generally stable throughout life. Acquired colour vision deficiencies are not genetic and may occur as a result of an illness or an eye disease, or occur as a side effect of a medication. The severity of the colour vision deficiency may change with time.

At the UNSW Optometry Clinic, optometrists can measure the type and, depending on the client’s age, the extent of colour vision deficiencies. Once this information is known, clients can discuss with the optometrist the occupational and practical consequences of their colour vision.

Examinations are also conducted at the UNSW Optometry Clinic to assess the suitability of clients for tasks requiring precise colour discrimination, for example colour matching and quality control work. 

Reports of colour vision assessments are provided on request.

Colour vision clinic inquiries: 
Email: optomclinic@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: (02) 9385 4624

For further Information on the Colour Vision Clinic:
Email: Vanessa Honson v.honson@unsw.edu.au